Jay-Z doesn’t support racists

June 16th, 2006 // 232 Comments

jay-z-boycott-cristal.jpgJay-Z is boycotting Cristal champagne after viewing remarks by the company’s managing director as racist. When asked if he felt Cristal being a symbol of a flashy lifestyle was detrimental to the brand, the director of Cristal said: “That’s a good question, but what can we do? We can’t forbid people from buying it. I’m sure Dom Perignon or Krug would be delighted to have their business.”

Jay-Z took this to mean the guy hated black people and in a statement to the AP responded, “It has come to my attention that the managing director of Cristal, Frederic Rouzaud, views the ‘hip-hop’ culture as ‘unwelcome attention. “I view his comments as racist and will no longer support any of his products through any of my various brands including the 40/40 Club nor in my personal life.”

Jay-Z’s a little late to jump on the bandwagon here. I’ve been boycotting Cristal since the day I was born. Although that’s due less to the fact that the managing director is racist and more because I can barely afford 6 piece Chicken McNuggets on Tuesdays. If you’re going to charge over $200 for a bottle of your product, it’s a pretty save assumption I’m going to boycott you. Unless the bottle is filled with porn. In which case that’s just a wise investment.


  1. jane's eyre

    Boo-friggity hoo.

  2. jayz also refuses to use mrs. buttersworth…

  3. jane's eyre

    Who WOULDN’T want to be associated with ho-slapping, misogynistic thugs?

  4. Captain Awesome

    Playing the race card I see. The guy said nothing of the like either. You’d figure a black guy [* gasp * I didn't say African-American] of his status had better things to do.

    I guess when you’re from the school of hardknocks, you can’t let these punk-bitches get rich like you did.

  5. EveryCuntHasaWebsite

    Damn, back to $6 a bottle Scrumpy’s cider then :(

  6. lisad71

    Jay needs to get a grip. The racist in question is French, and the French hate everybody.

  7. okiedoke

    #1 LOL!! And on point.

    The damn managing director meant it just the way Jay took it, and it doesn’t mean a damn thing because Cristal doesn’t need the hip hop culture to become rich(er).

  8. cruzin333

    This is racist? I must be more tired than I thought…

    #7, you’re right, Cristal will still make money anyways

  9. Didn’t Cristal sponsor an after-party for one of Busta Rhymes’ concerts fairly recently?

  10. BriBri

    That guy is still a pompous ass.

  11. Jacq

    Yeah, what the nigga said. Wurd.

  12. Pearly

    #10-I agree, I guess he thinks Cristal should be thanking him for the free advertising.

  13. Jacq

    #6 – Exactly, Jay-Z is the one discriminating. Against homosexuals.

  14. lovesIT

    oh dear. what is the ‘hip hop community’ going to sing about now?

  15. Jacq

    I can’t wait to see the Pretty Woman scene where Jay-Z walks back into the Cristal store with huge bags full of hundreds of bottles of other high-end champagnes. “You made a big mistake! BIG! HUGE!!” Oh, I make myself LOL. It would be especially funny if he had on that hooker dress with the hole inthe midriff. Uh-oh. I just SOM.

  16. jems

    So I guess this means Alize is back on the menu?

    And don’t get me wrong, I’m annoyed by the French as much as anybody but if Jay-Z had actually read the article, and I highly doubt he did since it was printed in The Economist and not Ho-Slapping Monthly Magazine, he would know that Fr

  17. Jacq

    I, personally, am a big fan of Almondage.

  18. tits_on_snack

    Issuing statements of disapproval with Executive Managing Directors of sparkling wine companies. So street.

  19. Getitstraight

    It rains champagne!
    A son was born again!
    A genius untamed!
    A life of wealth and fame, wealth and fame!
    Champagne flowing down just like rain,
    Caviar breakfasts every day.
    Merchant banks and yachts and …
    Servants and cars and private sand.

    CRIS-TAL doesn’t like BLACK PEOPLE! P. get a grip on yourself, Frederic Rouzaud was referring to Parasite Hilton.

  20. BarbadoSlim

    You know, as a person of mixed raced, I have to agree with that Chris Rock bit, there’s black people and then there’s NIGGEZ, I fucking hate everything that gets caught up in that “gangsta “bling bling” bullshit. I will not purchase anything these people seem to like I and will automatically stop endorsing anything that I already like that they start sporting around. The idea is to get out of the ghetto (or make it better) mutherfuckers not turn everything, ghetto.

  21. Getitstraight

    @ #20…OOPS, I didn’t mean P. I meant Jay-Z. All these names that are only letters confuse me. Sorry Diddy

  22. oh btw whats with his lips? they look weird; he looks buck-toothed.

  23. saintmaybe

    Give it a rest, JayZ…the hip hop community has repeatedly demonstrated that they only care about the status of any given luxury name brand du jour. Cristal is better off without such dumbass conspicuous consumers. I’m sure race had little or nothing to do with the publicized statements from Cristal, and a lot more to do with the perceived cheapening of their brand by a consumer constituency so clearly disinterested in the actual substantative value of this or any finely crafted product.

  24. Jedi Kevin

    Assume that Cristal is racist and doesn’t want hip-hoppers drinking it. Isn’t JayZ just giving that guy what he wants? Moron.

    Personally, I hate all “nigga-rich” people who burn through their money like douchebags on crap like Cristal. If I were Bill Gates, I wouldn’t spend $1 on Cristal or any other pretentious piss water.

  25. frangly

    What brand *would* want to be associated with hip-hop? Please.

    Is the baggy pants era over yet? Please??

  26. saintmaybe

    P.S. Cristal is totally overrated anyway–it’s just an easier name to pronounce than many of its more worthy competitors (wrap your buck teeth around “Billecart-Salmon Brut Rose”, JDog…..)

  27. jFp

    what chu talk’en bout willis?

  28. jane's eyre

    LOL! I love the $5 of almond champagne at Trader Joe’s. YUMMY!

  29. jane's eyre

    Right on, B-Slim!!!

  30. jane's eyre


    “I was bohn wif big gums..”

  31. jane's eyre

    *bottle* Dumbass.

  32. justme

    Heaven forbid people comment on the behavior of rappers and thugs. God knows they play such an important role in society.

  33. Hoosfoos

    Cristal have rightfully recognized they don’t want their product to be blighted by a bunch of no talent/class tacky pricks. Rap and Hip Hop suck ass.

  34. Pete

    Jay-Z is clearly just trying to equalize our country through mindless, albeit hilarious acts of bringing people together. Cough the CO-ED bathrooms at 4040 club..

  35. zbabes

    Well I applaud JayZ for his boycott. People dont realize the buying power of the hip hop community. From clothing to ringtones, hip hop sells. And as much as people criticize rap, its mostly little suburban white kids who buy the stuff. Anyway, rappers shouldnt endorse this stuff without getting paid first.

  36. oshkoshb-goshdammgosh

    I refuse to drink Cristal as well. From now on it’s nothing but kerosene and Sterno for me. Fuck the establishment!

  37. Cratylus

    RJ Reynolds wants to distance itself from Jay-Z & Co., but Jay-Z looks just like Joe Camel. What are they supposed to do?

  38. oshkoshb-goshdammgosh

    But here’s the question: who’s better, white people or black people?
    Ready? … Go!

  39. Land-Man

    I have a statement for AP as well:

    “It has come to my attention that Jay-Z is a cock-master.”

  40. herbiefrog

    …i’d love to take them down :)

    they are french

    for fucks sake

    why shouldn’t we
    just pit one
    the other

    lol bitches :)

    thanks jay-z
    fuckin brilliant idea :)

  41. Jacq

    Osh – obviously whities are better. Remember my (very) previous post where I explained that black angels are actually bats? That and we only wear our slippers around the house – not to the store or dinner or church or whatever.

  42. HollyJ

    I hate people that walk around with a chip on their shoulder assuming everything in life is about racism. It’s tired.

    Have they ever stopped to consider that maybe people hate them because they’re paranoid annoying asstubes, and not because they have darker skin?

    JayZ is nouveau riche trash, and it has nothing to do with his level of melatonin.

  43. mrs.t

    Jay-Z has far more pressing problems that need to be addressed ASAP. I don’t even know where to begin; he’s like the missing link.

    I honestly think the best route is to quote my 5-year old daughter, upon seeing a photo of Beyonce and Jay-Z: “Oooh, mommy, who’s that gorgeous woman?” That’s Beyonce, honey. ” Eewwww, mommy, mommy!!” What??? “Who’s that yucky old guy next to her????”

    She was literally almost in tears.

  44. oshkoshb-goshdammgosh

    But black men have large penises and white men can’t jump.


  45. I find hip hop racist, sexist, and it glorifies violence and crime. That’s why I boycott hip hop CDs. Not because it is the lamest expression of music since polka. Not because the “artists” are so talentless that they need to loop existing music or create whole new words to make ryhmes (fo’ shizzle). Not because every song is about being a “gangsta” in “da club” with “yo bitches” drinking “Cristal” and driving a “tight whip” (expensive automobile). Jay-Z is a musician, right, like Gallagher is a philosopher. If you handed Jigga a guitar all he’d know what to do with it is hock it. Suffice to say, I get Cristal’s managing director’s POV. Just like Tommy “bitch slapped Axl” Hilfiger got in trouble for telling Oprah he didn’t design his duds for rappers, it is understandable. If you created a product, was proud of said product, would you want Lil’ John spilling it all over the place? I think not.

  46. oshkoshb-goshdammgosh

    UNWASHEDMASSES sounds like a bitter, boring old white guy who likes to shake his fist at children as they walk in front of his house.
    “Turn off that rap crap!”
    “Mister, we’re not playing any music!”
    “I said turn it off, with all that ‘slimming shady’ and ‘snoopidy doo dog’ whatzit. Can’t make heads or tails of that crazy jungle noise, you damn kids with your negro hibbity flibbity… (mumbles turning incomprehensible)”

  47. Dr.Rokter

    #46 that, I truly *did* laugh out loud at. You’re one funny bitch.

  48. jane's eyre

    I’m with you. Most of the lyrics are so laughable. I’m a mother fuckin’ P-I-M-P? I thought those “spelling” songs were for preschool. You know, B-I-N-G-O was his name-o.

  49. jane's eyre

    Yes, that WAS funny.

  50. RichPort

    I think Jay Z is on point with this one. Anyone willing to stick it to the all too willing to surrender French is fine by me.
    Sure he looks like Joe Camel and yes he takes an unfair share of oxygen with every inhalation. He has done as much exploiting of all things exploitable as any other movie mogul or TV producer douche bag out there. Funny thing is, Cristal sales will drop and the next big product line will once again be promoted rappers.

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